Organic produce is elementary at special farmers markets
Two Seattle public schools host events that encourage healthy food choices
Seattle, Wash., April 23, 2009 — PCC Natural Markets (PCC), Seattle/King County Public Health's "Eat Better, Feel Better Program" and Seattle Public Schools have teamed up on two special kid shoppers-only Farmers Market Nights. The lucky schools to host this year's events are Maple and Van Asselt Elementary Schools in South Seattle. All-organic fruits and vegetables are being donated by PCC.
Students and parents of the two schools are invited to participate in simulated marketplaces where each student is provided with an allotment of play money. The students are encouraged to purchase produce based upon their own preferences. The Market Nights not only help further the students' math skills, they encourage them to learn more about the nutritional benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The first of two Market Nights took place on April 7 at Maple Elementary School, where some 95 students and 170 parents participated in the activities and "purchased" a variety of fresh produce including apples, pears, oranges, asparagus, broccoli, carrots and lettuce.
"We're so honored to participate in such a wonderful learning experience for these students," said Sara Walsh, PCC's community relations manager. "To encourage young kids to get excited about produce and have the learning experience of making their own fruit and vegetable purchases is very rewarding."
The second Market Night will take place on April 30th at Van Asselt Elementary. In addition to the featured produce, students and parents will also be treated to a dinner and participate in a variety of activities hosted by staff and volunteers from the Eat Better, Feel Better Program.
About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retailer, with annual sales of $133 million and an active membership of nearly 45,000. PCC operates nine locations in the Fremont, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Seward Park, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Edmonds neighborhoods. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com